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Increased levels of hormone points to PCOS

Polycystic ovary syndrome, or PCOS, is an endocrine disorder that can affect fertility. Pennsylvania parents of teenage daughters may be interested to know that Greek researchers have discovered that the increased presence of a particular hormone can reduce the misdiagnosis of the illness in teenagers.

Irisin is a recently discovered hormone that is emitted from muscles and that helps to control the metabolism of energy. The study conducted by the researchers at Aghia Sophia Children's Hospital showed that the presence of high amounts of the hormone along with increased testosterone levels in adolescent girls with polycystic ovary syndrome can be used to improve the diagnosis of the condition and find new ways to treat it.

The researchers assessed the ovarian measurements of 23 teenagers with PCOS and noted the levels of proteins and hormones used by the ovaries. When the data was compared to measurements taken from teenagers without the condition, the increased level of irisin and testosterone were discovered.

PCOS, whose cause is unknown, is a condition that affects 12 percent of women. It is an incurable condition that lasts all of a woman's life. Even though it can cause irregular or absent menstrual cycles, the condition is also known to imitate puberty-related changes. Physicians are very careful with regard to treatment for teenagers. However, better diagnostic methods may be able to help eliminate improper treatment.

The regulation of irisin, through specific exercises and changes in lifestyle, could be an effective method of managing PCOS. Targeting the hormone with specific drugs may also produce favorable results.

The misdiagnosis of a medical condition can result in unnecessary treatment that may exacerbate the condition and cause the patient injury. If an individual has sustained a personal injury as a result of treatment from an improper diagnosis, a personal injury attorney may advise of compensation options.

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